AAT Certificate in Accounting

By gaining this Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) certification, you will demonstrate you have the practical, real-world accounting knowledge sought by employers, not just in the UK but also internationally. The course will provide you with a solid foundation for working in finance by introducing you to a wide range of accountancy principles, techniques and skills, including bookkeeping transactions and controls, and understanding cost recording systems.

Format of course material: Paper-format

Structure of course:

1. Introduction to Bookkeeping
2. Principles of Bookkeeping Controls
3. Principles of Costing
4. The Business Environment

Course provider:

Open Study College (OSC)

1760 Solihull Parkway, Birmingham Business Park B37 7YD

0330 433 2876


Accreditation: AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians); Ofqual 603/6338/1

Academic level: Level 2

Study hours: 340

Maximum course duration: This course needs to be completed within 12 months. If an extension is required, prison staff to contact the supplier directly

Entry requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Course provider tutor support: There is supplier tutor support available. Tutors will mark assignments and provide feedback and queries which can be submitted by post or email via prison staff.

Tutors will respond directly to learners but can send responses into prison staff if preferred.

See “Contact provider” section for more details.

Assignments: There are nine assignments to complete and submit.

Assignments are to be submitted one at a time so the student can act on any feedback their tutor may give them.

Assignments will be marked within 10 working days (but often sooner).

Exams: Three exams (3 external exams and one synoptic assessment tests the learners’ understanding of connections between the different topics covered across the qualification).

Computer based exams that must be held at an approved AAT assessments venue under controlled exam conditions.

Exams are available upon demand at most centres apart from the synoptic assessment which is available 2/3 times per month. Each written exam has a 1hr 30 min time limit with the synoptic assessment having a 2 hour time limit.

Exam fees not included in the course cost. You can apply to PET to cover the exam cost by submitting an EEE application form. Speak to your distance learning coordinator for more information.

This can only be taken upon release or ROTL at an external AAT exam centre.

Refer to “Prison support requirements”.

Prison support requirements:

Certificate: Yes, students receive a Certificate upon completion

Progression route: Sage Computerised Accounting for Business Level 3. To discuss any progression routes, call our free Advice Line on 0800 048 7520 on Tuesdays (10-12pm and 2-4pm) and Thursdays (10am-12pm and 2-6pm).

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